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Structure of the Program


All interns spend five days a week in schools working side by side with a trained mentor teacher. They also spend two evenings a week completing graduate coursework with Belmont faculty in the Department of Education and other departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Department of Education still supports our graduates after they graduate from our program. Our department offers a one-year guarantee letter for graduates to take to their hiring principal. This letter offers the support and guidance of Belmont faculty, upon request from the hiring principal, throughout the intern’s first year in the classroom independently.

Graduate Study in the Program


Interns can seek licensure in a number of areas (PreK-3, K-6, 4-8, and 6-12 content areas), and participate in professional experience course blocks that correspond to their licensure area.  Within the blocks, interns gain indepth knowledge and skills to help them manage their classrooms and increase student learning for all students in their classrooms. Coursework is aligned with the clinical experience. Assignments and experiences are designed to help our teacher candidates directly affect student learning during their intern year.

Clinical Experience Options

As part of the Teacher Education Program at Belmont, teacher candidates will have placements in schools for their Clinical Experiences. Interns will have a full year of Clinical Experiences, while completing their MAT coursework. The following are 3 options for Belmont teacher candidates to fulfill their Clinical Experience requirements:

A.  Belmont Partner Schools

  • Interns: 2 placements over the year, lasting one semester each
  • All teacher candidates will have at least one Metro Nashville Public School placement
  • Partner schools include MNPS schools, surrounding districts’ schools, and  independent schools
  • Typically, teacher candidates are placed in an MNPS school for their 1st placement, and then requested placements are considered for 2nd placement

B.  Apprentice Teacher Paid Position through Valor Collegiate Academies

  • Apply and interview with Valor Collegiate Academies for an Apprentice teaching position 
  • Accepted applicants will be committed to their placement for the full school year, working with a mentor teacher
  • Accepted applicants will receive an annual stipend through Valor Collegiate Academies

C.  Aspiring Teachers Paid Position through Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • Apply and interview with Aspiring Teachers for an Aspiring Teachers position in selected MNPS schools
  • Accepted applicants will be committed to their placement for the full school year, working with a mentor teacher
  • Accepted applicants will receive an annual stipend and benefits through MNPS Aspiring Teachers

“Knowing the ins and outs of how a school year starts is a priceless benefit of the internship program. Unlike many new teachers, I’ve done this once before. The best compliment I have received was from a seasoned teacher who told me, ‘I never would have guessed you were a new teacher!'”

-Ellen Haber, intern graduate and teacher at Ensworth

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